NAY PYI TAW, Nov 11 � Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met Myanmar�s President U Thein Sein to begin a string of bilateral meetings with over 40 world leaders during his 10-day three-nation tour on the margins of key multilateral summits here and in Australia and a visit to Fiji, reports PTI.
Modi met Then Sein at the Presidential Palace here shortly after his arrival at the Nay Pyi Taw International Airport, where he was given a guard of honour and greeted by young boys and girls in traditional costumes. He was welcomed by Myanmar�s Health Minister Than Aung.
After his 45-minute meeting, Modi tweeted that he had a �very good� meeting with President Thein Sein. �We had extensive discussions covering various aspects of our bilateral relations,� he said.
�We talked about strengthening ties in the fields of culture, commerce and enhancing connectivity,� said Modi, who is expected to make a strong pitch to enhance regional connectivity at the one-day 12th annual ASEAN-India summit tomorrow.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin posted on his Twitter account that the two leaders had �comprehensive� discussions and reviewed all aspects of bilateral ties.
�Connectivity, commercial ties and cultural bonds figured in talks with President Thein Sein,� he said, as India seeks deeper economic engagement with southeast Asian nations.
The Prime Minister earlier on landing, had tweeted, �Landed in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar to a very warm welcome! Great being in this beautiful country.�
�Our ties with South East Asia are deep rooted. Strengthening relations with ASEAN nations is an important part of our �Act East� policy,� he had earlier tweeted.